Video becomes a part of legal battle against the city of Denver – 9News.com KUSA
On Tuesday, a YouTube video became a part of a legal battle facing the City of Denver. It purportedly shows city workers throwing what appears to be a homeless person’s cart full of belongings into a garbage truck.
Advocates said that violates a person’s Constitutional rights. The city said they were following protocol because of what they found inside the cart.
Terese Howard works with Denver Homeless Out Loud and was there Monday morning when the video was taken. She said there’s a reason a camera was already rolling near the Samaritan House in downtown Denver.
“A gentleman who’s been working with some folks on a documentary on homelessness had asked me about a good place and time to video some of what’s goes on in the streets,” she said.
So Howard set up near Lawrence and Park Avenue and then helped share close to two minutes of video Tuesday that show Denver city employees throwing the cart away.
“I’ve seen this happen before but had never caught it on camera,” said Howard.
The video is particularly important to Jason Flores-Williams.
“This is some human being’s property,” he said.
He is the lead counsel for the Denver homeless class action lawsuit, an on-going legal battle with the city.
“If you could have a one-minute video of what the lawsuit describes of the lawsuit – it’s this,” said Flores-Williams.
He said he watched the video and saw a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
No one from the city wouldn’t go on camera but said a public works crew was doing a routine cleanup in the area when they found the cart by itself.
In an email, Heather Burke, a spokesperson with Denver Public Works, said there is a city ordinance – DRMC Sec. 49-246